Whitehorse’s new rainbow crosswalk damaged

Whitehorse RCMP have opened a file after the city’s new rainbow crosswalk was damaged.

Whitehorse RCMP have opened a file after the city’s new rainbow crosswalk was damaged.

The crosswalk, designed to show support for the LGBTQ community, was only painted in the downtown core last week. Now it has black rubber tire marks streaking across it.

Police aren’t saying much right now except to ask anyone who witnessed the damage to come forward.

According to a post circulating on Facebook, a truck was spotted deliberately spinning its wheels to create the marks on the afternoon of June 12, allegedly circling around the block to come back and do more damage.

The discovery has Whitehorse Mayor Dan Curtis fuming.

It is a sign that a small portion of the community that still needs to be educated, he said.

The rainbow crosswalk was painted deeper into the road making it more long lasting than some other street markings, the mayor said. Curtis said the black marks will be gone long before the rainbow disappears.

“Someone can drive over there and leave as many black marks as they want,” he said. “It’s still going to be there.”

If they’re not cleared away soon “I’ll get a brush and take it off myself,” he said.

Queer Yukon member Stephanie Hammond, who helped organize Whitehorse’s Pride Parade this past weekend said she’s obviously unhappy that something like this has happened.

“I feel like that is absolutely an isolated minority view in the community. It’s been my experience through these five years of Pride that the overwhelming view amongst the community is one of love and support,” she said.

“We’re a resilient community and we can clean up crosswalks, persevere and continue to spread those messages of love and acceptance.”

Contact Ashley Joannou at ashleyj@yukon-news.com

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Phase two of the Yukon’s reopening plan could start July 1

New phase would include travel between B.C. and the Yukon

Spas, hair salons, tattoo parlours and more ready for reopening

Many personal services shops set June date to offically welcome back customers

Community Development Fund awards announced

January intake sees $1.4 million for 24 community projects

Alaskan telecom finishes fibre line linking state to Lower 48 via the Yukon

Northwestel is among the Canadian companies carrying MTA’s traffic down south

Civil liberties group pens letter questioning Yukon’s COVID-19 border restrictions

Canadian Civil Liberties Association arguing the Yukon’s border control measures are unconstitutional

City hall, briefly

A look at decisions made by Whitehorse city council this week. June… Continue reading

Pilot Station salmon sonar to go ahead this season

The Pilot Station sonar, located near the mouth of the Yukon River… Continue reading

Renovations start at LePage Park

The Yukon Historical and Museums Association has started a resurfacing project for… Continue reading

Contract awarded for mixed-income housing project

The Yukon government has awarded a $16.8-million contract to build the mixed-income… Continue reading

Watson Lake man charged with gun offences after break-and-enter

Alfred Magun, 60, was arrested and charged with eight offences

Top of the World Highway border crossings remain closed

The Little Gold Creek and Poker Creek border crossings will remain closed… Continue reading

Gymnasts return to Polarettes

Club reopens, summer camps also approved

Yukon College becomes Yukon University

Yukon College has officially become Yukon University, or “YukonU.” The post-secondary institution… Continue reading

Most Read